For everyone who has been following this website, I am sure you probably knew what happened in the previous fan gathering. This year is going to be totally different, as it is much bigger and much better than last year’s.
Here are the top ten reasons why you should not miss this one fantastic event.
In today’s cosplay feature, let’s get to know the cute Kazuha Toyama cosplayer from our first gathering: Mhakkie.
Mhakkie started becoming a fan of Detective Conan when her youngest brother’s nanny told her to watch the new anime on Local TV. She said it would be really interesting for Mhakkie because she loved detective and mystery stories.
After watching Detective Conan, she was definitely hooked! From then on, Detective Conan has been in her top anime list. She started as just a casual fan, watching episodes on local TV when it’s available. As time passed by, she was able to catch up with the episodes and her love for the anime grew stronger. Mhakkie watched other Mystery-themed animes but, for her, nothing has that “oompf factor” that Detective Conan has.
Mhakkie started attending events back in 2006 with her friend. It was then that she got introduced into the world of cosplay. She found that it was really fun watching characters from your favorite shows/games come to life.
That time, she was really into Naruto and she really wanted to try cosplaying Tenten who is her favorite. Soon, they went to a convention in UST the same year where they, fortunately, met a cosplayer who told them about an upcoming convention the following month and that’s when they finally decided that they would push through with cosplaying. Genin Tenten was her first cosplay.
For Mhakkie, cosplay is a fun and challenging hobby. “You get to discover a lot of things about yourself. It may be a skill in drawing, painting, sewing or even building! You also get to meet other people who have the same interests and even be friends with outside of cosplay. [I met my bestfriend on that same convention where I first cosplayed]”
She considers the best thing about cosplay is to give life to your favorite character. “I may not have as much time and chance to cosplay now but I still haven’t given up on this wonderful craft. Who says you’re too old to play dress up?”
You can get to know more about her works when you follow her World Cosplay account.
On today’s cosplay feature, let us look at Riyu and his Kaito Kid cosplay
Let’s admit it, Kaito Kid is one of Detective Conan’s most coveted shonen. Girls in the Conanverse like him, and he also has a huge following to the fans in real life. For Riyu, Kaito Kid fits him the most because of his shonen look and physique.
Riyu became a Detective Conan fan because of its airing in the Local TV in the 90s. He was captivated by its episodes and gets chills and excitement while watching. I can definitely say that a lot of us can relate to that feeling. Sometimes, it’s also hard to stop watching them online.
Riyu started cosplaying after trying it just for “wear-something” gimmick. He shares the joy of seeing people loving the way he portrays the character. This special feeling makes him happy and proud of his cosplay.
Riyu cosplays for fun. He always loved bringing justice to his favorite characters. For him, “Cosplay is just a hobby yet it brings happiness to me,” and I couldn’t agree with him more.
Catch Riyu’s other cosplay projects on Facebook and his page. He is also on Twitter so you can follow him. Next week, stay tuned for our next cosplay feature!
It is fun and weird to be writing about yourself on a fan page website. Hahaha! But I have to get through it!
Starting today, we will be featuring Detective Conan cosplayers from the Philippines. And I thought, since I am getting into this already, why not start with myself?
The first event where I cosplayed was ToyCon 2011. It was not a very good Misa Amane cosplayer, but everyone knows who I am. And since then, I just started cosplaying because bringing your favorite characters to life is fun and that feeling is very special.
In Detective Conan universe, I have cosplayed Conan Edogawa himself on Ozine Fest 2014 Day 2. It was fun and I tagged along a group of Kuroko no Basuke cosplayers.
Me making Aomine sleep (Aomine cosplay by Bon)
I also tried cosplaying Ai Haibara, but never debuted her in an event.
And just last year, on Detective Conan PH Gathering of the Detectives, I cosplayed as Sonoko Suzuki, along with other DCPH cosplayers.
It has been quite a journey for me as a cosplayer, but I am definitely not stopping. Cosplaying for me, is one of my artistic avenues, and I am a strong advocate of cosplay for all, not just for those who has money. You can be a cosplayer by working hard every step of the way. Don’t be sad if your cosplay is not there yet, there is always room for improvement. Remember, every cosplayer had to start somewhere, too.
I love Detective Conan so much, it is very dear to my heart. It is one of the few animes that I am a solid fan of, has a cool collection of merch and figures and still watch as of this day.
If you have been an avid anime fan, I’m sure you’ve heard of Detective Conan, one of the longest running series of manga and anime created by Gosho Aoyama. The manga was first read on 1994, and two years after that, the anime was launched. From 1996 to this year, fans watching have long waited to see if Conan will be able to reclaim his body as Shinichi Kudo, after being drugged by the Black Organization. The long stretch of the story have mysteriously kept the fans glued to the series. I have personally been a fan since 2007, but I have been watching it long before that. Detective Conan has that unique charm to drag but be still very relevant. Fans just laugh away the fact that within the anime, technology had been evolving, but the age of the characters seemed frozen.
Here comes the conception of the Detective Conan Philippines to have an event: it started with a survey, asking likers of the page if they’d be willing to share and celebrate the love for the series. Shortly, it was set on October 8th in Warehouse Eight, Makati City, with RSVP only 250 pesos (about 5$). It was meant to be a small gathering, limited only to 50 people in ticketing . Preparations of the page administrators, sponsors and volunteers loomed towards the date, while everyone else waited with much anticipation.
As soon as it was announced, I already had my eyes on cosplaying Sonoko Suzuki. I intentionally bleached my hair for weeks (since lace wigs are next to impossible to acquire) and I had to remake my vest (sordid saga on tumblr). I was also one of the people who heed the call for volunteers in its ingress and egress (there’s nothing I wouldn’t do in the name of fandom *lol*).
The day finally came, and I have treasured every waking moment of it. The venue was fantastic (by now, I am so used to travelling from North to South), had room for all 47 guest and admins, and as cozy as it can get. Fellow cosplayers graced the event. The activities were also fun, which made me wish I had reviewed more (blame memory gap), and tickled the mystery solver in everyone of us. The sing-along, the filmshowing, the pop quiz, the fan art, the jigsaw puzzle, the clue hunting, the code-breaking and the raffle! EVERYTHING! I actually wished the time was longer. I am a freakin’ social butterfly and I would have loved the chance to know everyone by name, because it is the best thing to do in gatherings like this. Or maybe… Time just flies by faster when you are having fun. The food was quite unexpected, but I liked that cake because I am a sweets monster.
I personally loved how I was reunited with a friend, Angelie, for the first time in a long time. Cosplaying with my friend China as Makoto was spazzing in disguise (we extremely love SonokoXMakoto). I also met a lot of wonderful people, which is quite refreshing for me, because we are all in the same boat that day.
No one left empty-handed as there were prizes more than enough for everyone. Fan artists received special gifts and badges, winners of the games took home posters, figurines, comics and watches… and the standees were even raffled out. The event ended with hopes to see each other on the next event. I personally would like to congratulate all the administrators: Ruffa, Lei (who is a fellow educator by profession), Jec and thanks to the sponsor J-Line Comics, who publishes Detective Conan manga locally. It was a job well done, and everyone will definitely look forward to the next one.